Review: Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joann Fluke

CccmSource: Bookstore Inventory 
 Hannah Swensen #1
Paperback, 324 Pages 
 Cozy Mystery
Amazon / Barnes & Noble*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 3/5

Hannah Swensen already has her hands full, between dodging her mother’s attempts to marry her off, and running Lake Eden, Minnesota’s most popular bakery, The Cookie Jar. But when the Cozy Cow Dairy’s beloved deliveryman is found murdered behind Hannah’s bakery with her famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him, Hannah sets out to track down a killer. The more Hannah snoops, the more suspects turn up. This is one murder that’s starting to leave a very bad taste in Hannah’s mouth, and if she doesn’t watch her back, her sweet life may get burned to a crisp

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder is the very definition of cozy mystery. It isn’t a book that requires a lot of thought and goes perfectly with a cold night, warm blankets, and lots of cookies.

I picked this up as soon as a customer of mine traded it in, because I happened to be craving cookies and for some sadistic reason I enjoy reading about food when I’m hungry. I will say that it was not as addicting as I had hoped it would be, and it took me much longer than anticipated to get through this. In truth I had a lot of issues with the main character, who seemed sort of…idiotic. Hannah owns a cookie shop, where she serves and cookies and coffee all day long…but when a man is murdered behind her store with a bag of her cookies on him she immediately jumps to the conclusion that it’ll be bad for business. Firstly, who immediately worries about that sort of thing? Second, under no circumstances was it bad for her business, not even in the slightest but she keeps sleuthing. Third, she rushes head first into danger more than a few times and is never once questioned or told to stop by police.

However it is a nice little mystery that did keep me guessing for a while, and has a surprising amount of tension all through out it. On a plus there are also cookie recipes included for a good portion of the cookies mentioned in the book, so if you’re a foodie with a sweet tooth who loves a good mystery it might be the series for you.

I’m not entirely sure I’ll seek to continue this series, but it was a nice little respite from the more involved novels I read.

3 star

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2 Responses to Review: Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joann Fluke

  1. I haven’t really read any cozy mysteries (apart from Agatha Christie and I’m not really sure they are cozy as they just seem like more than that to me). I want to, I like the idea of the humour and the puns they seem to have going on but I have a feeling they could annoy me too if they are too silly. A lot of those things you pointed out would bug me too. Especially the worrying about it being bad for business!

    • The trick to cozy mysteries is finding ones of substance, a lot of them just don’t have that connection/sticking factor. They are cute but mostly trivial. I enjoy the down time but it always sucks when the characters are silly. I really love The Cat Who series, and the main character Qwill.

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